The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

31 March 2006

See you at 6.15

Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-OKC) tried earlier this year to get the state's minimum wage increased above the federal minimum, and failed.

Now a group called Raise Oklahoma will be circulating a petition to get a minimum-wage hike on the state ballot, and Morrissette says he's one of the backers thereof.

The petition calls for a $1 increase in 2007 and in 2008, and indexing of the wage to the Consumer Price Index thereafter; the petitioners must obtain approximately 120,000 signatures in 90 days.

As expected, the State Chamber announced its opposition; this is consistent with the Chamber's general belief that state law should match federal law in such matters. Senior VP/operations Mike Seney said:

This is an issue that needs to be resolved on a federal basis so it applies across the board to all states.

Of course, were there a federal bill to increase the minimum wage, the State Chamber would presumably oppose it also, so their definition of "resolved" might vary a bit from Webster's.

Posted at 7:31 AM to Soonerland

Aw, hell, just raise the minimum wage to $250.00 an hour and be done with it!!!!!

That will fix all the problems in the world.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 9:45 AM on 31 March 2006

Obviously you've never suffered the heartbreak of psoriasis.

Posted by: CGHill at 10:06 AM on 31 March 2006

Yep -- we've got a "Raise Montana" campaign up here, too. Makes me sick.

Posted by: david at 11:44 PM on 1 April 2006